According to a study, like humans, lions have group yawning seizures.
University of Pisa researchers who observed lions in the Makalali Game Reserve in South Africa for five months found that a lion yawns more than 139 times more often when another member of its pride has just done so.
In humans, such a “contagious yawn” shows empathy and closeness, but for Lions it is believed to be a team-building exercise to aid pride. Scientists believe yawning together helps them work together to find food and stay alert to danger.
The study, published in the journal Animal Behavior, also found that lions yawned more when relaxed. Elisabetta Palagi, one of the authors, said, “Lions